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VU Hoops 6 hours ago
Lady ‘Cats grab huge non-conference victory over Georgia, 62-56.

Lady ‘Cats grab huge non-conference victory over Georgia, 62-56.

Jekot’s 20 points paced the Wildcats as they held off a late game surge from the Bulldogs. Last year, the Lady ‘Cats knocked off a ranked Duke team in Jake Nevin, and tonight the Villanova Women’s Basketball team had the opportunity to get a huge non-conference win before Big East play opens up. The Georgia Bulldogs started the season ranked, but back-to-back losses against UCLA and Georgia Tech dropped them from the rankings and they have been only receiving votes for the last few weeks. The Bulldogs are lead by senior Caliya Robinson who is almost averaging a double-double this...
VU Hoops 11 hours ago
Villanova-Kansas Viewing Guide

Villanova-Kansas Viewing Guide

Can the ‘Cats shock the world? Star center Udoka Azubuike almost certainly will not be laying on Saturday for Kansas. That’s about all the good news you’re going to find as the Wildcats head to historic Phog Allen Fieldhouse to face the #1 ranked team in the country. An already tough week finishes with the toughest game Villanova will play during the regular season. That’s not to say all is lost - Villanova has plenty of memorable wins against the Jayhawks. While there’s plenty of revenge likely on the minds of Bill Self’s group, Villanova’s upperclassmen can bring plenty of...
VU Hoops 11 hours ago
Game Preview: Villanova Wildcats vs. No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks

Game Preview: Villanova Wildcats vs. No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks

The ‘Cats look to rebound from shock Big 5 loss on Saturday. After winning six games in a row, including one against one against an AP Top 25 opponent, the ‘Cats were looking more and more like a team that could head into Lawrence with a certain swagger about them. Then, they went into Center City and got a schooling from the Big 5’s resident Ivy Leaguers. Despite this shock, there is still reason for hope and even optimism as Jay Wright and his young squad fly halfway across the country and enter the Phog. One of the best programs in the country year-in and year-out—and one that...
VU Hoops Dec 13, 2018
State of the Nova Nation: Big 5 Streak Over, Preparing for the Phog, and the Jelly Story

State of the Nova Nation: Big 5 Streak Over, Preparing for the Phog, and the Jelly Story

It doesn’t get easier this weekend... The podcast is available on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, and Spotify (a bit later in the day)! You can also listen/download today’s episode straight from Pod-O-Matic. Episode Description: Winning is no birthright, and the Penn Quakers certainly showed that, as they were the first Big 5 team to topple the Villanova Wildcats since 2012, in their upset win over the ‘Cats, ending their record-high 25-straight wins. It wasn’t the greatest showing by any means—we unpack that game and the aftermath--which also wasn’t very good. Now,...
Section 215 Dec 13, 2018

Are the Villanova Wildcats no longer an elite basketball team?

For the past five years, the Villanova Wildcats have been the class of college basketball, but it appears Jay Wright’s squad has taken a step back. For the past five years, the Villanova Wildcats have been the class of college basketball. Five straight years of being a two-seed or above and two national championships. They have […] Are the Villanova Wildcats no longer an elite basketball team? - Section 215 - Section 215 - A Philadelphia City Sports blog
Section 215 Dec 12, 2018

Villanova Basketball: Suffering third upset of year shows concerns for Wildcats

For the third time this year, the Villanova basketball team was on the wrong side of an upset, this time against the Pennsylvania Quakers. After winning their second title in three seasons last spring, Jay Wright knew the Villanova basketball team was going to face a difficult path during the 2018-19 season when it came […] Villanova Basketball: Suffering third upset of year shows concerns for Wildcats - Section 215 - Section 215 - A Philadelphia City Sports blog
VU Hoops Dec 11, 2018
Wildcats Fall to Quakers

Wildcats Fall to Quakers

After winning 25 consecutive Big 5 contests over more than six years worth of games, the ‘Cats could not once again overcome the sloppiness that has defined much of their non-conference play this young season and lost to the Penn Quakers, ___. The ‘Cats started slow, as they have even in most of their wins so far this season, and went behind double digits to the Quakers early, 14-2 at the 12:28 mark. Although this early gap between the two teams would barely last to midway through the first half, the Quakers showed in this early stretch how their well-rounded scoring and team...
VU Hoops Dec 11, 2018
Penn Game Chat

Penn Game Chat

The Wildcats are back at The Palestra with a eye on the Big 5 title. Tuesday December 11, 2018 2:00pm ET #17 Villanova Wildcats (8-2) vs. Penn Quakers (8-2) KenPom: Villanova: 16 | Penn: 116 Finneran Pavilion (capacity 6,500) Where: Villanova, Pa. TV: ESPN2 Stream: WatchESPN Odds: Villanova -5 This is your game thread for discussion. Have fun...and remember, we cannot condone the posting of illegal streams in the game thread. If we see them posted, we will be obligated to remove them. If you need to share them, contact each other via email, Twitter, etc. We’ll...
VU Hoops Dec 11, 2018
State of the Nova Nation Podcast: The Hawk is Still Dead, sQUAD Goals, and a Big 5 Finale Preview

State of the Nova Nation Podcast: The Hawk is Still Dead, sQUAD Goals, and a Big 5 Finale Preview

Ten games down, six-straight wins and now another Big 5 title on the line, how’s this team doing? The podcast is available on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, and Spotify (a bit later in the day)! You can also listen/download today’s episode straight from Pod-O-Matic. Episode Description: Those Hawks were feisty, but the Villanova Wildcats were able to hold off a tough late-game rally to hang on for the win. They will now prepare for a Big 5 finale at the Palestra, when they play the Penn Quakers with another title on the line. With 10 games down, Brendan and Eugene discuss...
VU Hoops Dec 11, 2018
Villanova-Penn Viewing Guide

Villanova-Penn Viewing Guide

The ‘Cats can win the Big 5 championship yet again on Tuesday night. Villanova’s Big 5 tour comes to an end on Tuesday night when they head back to The Palestra to take on Penn. The ‘Cats have won all three of their city series games to date and 25 straight overall after Saturday’s Holy War win. The Quakers are 8-2 and are coming off a dominant win over La Salle in their first Big 5 action of the year. Prior to that they dominated Miami (Fla.) at The Palestra in a 14-point win. Even without injured star Ryan Betley the Quakers have been impressive. This game is typically a...
VU Hoops Dec 10, 2018
Villanova Basketball’s Quad Goals (Dec. 10)

Villanova Basketball’s Quad Goals (Dec. 10)

Nova’s now int the AP and NET Top 25 It’s time for another installment of Villanova’s Quad Goals, our ongoing series in which we track the Wildcats’ NCAA Tournament Resume. If you need a refresher on the NET ratings or the Quad System, check out our previous article for additional details. Villanova continues to move up the ranks, now sitting at #23 in the NET. But the more interesting movement this week is the team that jumped the Wildcats and now sits at #22: the Marquette Golden Eagles. Marquette is coming off a big home win over NET #11 Wisconsin, and has another big home game...
VU Hoops Dec 10, 2018
Nova up to #17 in AP Poll

Nova up to #17 in AP Poll

Villanova is halfway back to their original ranking. Ever since their one week absence from the AP Poll, Villanova has been steadily climbing back up the ranks of the countries best teams. After Big 5 wins at home over Temple and St. Joe’s, the Wildcats now stand at #17 in Week 6 of the poll. It’s going to be a big week for the Wildcats, both close to home and away. First they’ll take on Penn at the Palestra with a chance at winning their 6th consecutive outright Big 5 Title. Then, they’ll head out to Lawrence, Kansas to take on the newly ranked #1 Kansas Jayhawks in a rematch of...
VU Hoops Dec 10, 2018
Villanova Basketball vs. Penn Preview

Villanova Basketball vs. Penn Preview

The ‘Cats go for 7 in a row. The Villanova Wildcats have pushed aside their two early season losses, and have garnered six consecutive wins. After winning the Advocare Invitational, the ‘Cats earned three straight tough Big 5 wins. One more would give the Wildcats a 26-game Big 5 winning streak and their sixth consecutive outright Big 5 title. The Penn Quakers are off to a 8-2 start, with the losses coming against Kansas St. and Oregon St. Head Coach Steve Donahue is in his fourth season at the helm, and coming off of his first NCAA appearance since becoming the head coach at Penn....
VU Hoops Dec 10, 2018
Monday’s Arizin

Monday’s Arizin

So, Kansas... you’re saying there’s a chance! Happy Monday Nova Nation! It doesn’t matter where or by how much, it’s always fun to beat St. Joe’s. I’d love to call it a rivalry, but since Jamir Nelson left St. Joe’s they’re 2-13 against the Wildcats. Sorry Hawks fans, but you lose seven straight and no one is going to be worried about playing you. But that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t any value in Saturday’s win. First off, it extended Nova’s Big 5 streak to 25 wins and sets the Cats up to win their 6th consecutive Big 5 title on Tuesday. But more than that,...
Section 215 Dec 9, 2018

Villanova Basketball: Josh Hart is among the NBA’s best two-way guards

In less than 100 games, Villanova Wildcats basketball alum Josh Hart has already established himself as one of the best two-way shooting guards in the NBA. Josh Hart is a darn good basketball player. While this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to fans in the 215, as Hart dominated as a focal point […] Villanova Basketball: Josh Hart is among the NBA’s best two-way guards - Section 215 - Section 215 - A Philadelphia City Sports blog

Wildcats Player News

  • Eric Paschall

    Eric Paschall

    Villanova holds off Temple 69-59

  • Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree

    Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree

    Villanova Grinds Out Victory in Advocare Invitational Championship against Florida State 66 - 60

  • Jermaine Samuels

    Jermaine Samuels

    Penn ends No. 17 Villanova's city supremacy in 78-75 win

  • Phil Booth

    Phil Booth

    Villanova Grinds Out Victory in Advocare Invitational Championship against Florida State 66 - 60

  • Collin Gillespie

    Collin Gillespie

    Villanova Grinds Out Victory in Advocare Invitational Championship against Florida State 66 - 60

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